Gotham City Impostors goes free-to-play on Steam

New version of Monolith's multiplayer shooter hits Valve's storefront for free; available add-ons total nearly $60.

A free-to-play version of Monolith Productions' multiplayer shooter Gotham City Impostors has launched on Valve's online store Steam. The game's arrival for free comes without any official announcement from publisher Warner Bros.

Gotham City Impostors has gone free-to-play, at least on Steam.

A range of paid downloadable content packs for Gotham City Impostors are available, including costumes, weapons, and companion offerings. In total, all add-on packs for Gotham City Impostors cost $59.83.

The game made its debut in February on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and PC as a $15 download. It's not clear if Gotham City Impostors for consoles will also adopt a free-to-play business model, and as of press time, Warner Bros. had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

For more on Gotham City Impostors, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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JamieMann1991
JamieMann1991

I've got this on PS3, I downloaded the 60min demo and ended up downloading the full game after 20mins of playing it. It's comical factor is a breathe of fresh air to the FPS world after all the seriousness of other games in recent years. It's a very well balanced game and is easy to pick up and play without having to learn every little detail. With customization of guns, characters, voices and more you can make your perfect comic book character and shoot other comic book characters in the face whilst laughing histerically, what more do you want?!

free_milk
free_milk

Game doesnt look good but ill give it a try since its free 2 play

wexorian
wexorian

It was pointed that it would be free to play when they announced game, they changed that 2 week before launch, so it's not strange that they did this.

whttyger
whttyger

Free to play or not this game is so broken it's not enjoyable. With huge amounts of lag and matchmaking issues those should be address instead of making the game free to play

Link592
Link592

Good things come to those who wait. I waited and I get it free!

tgwolf
tgwolf

HA! This is gonna' be a good one.

oldschoolvandal
oldschoolvandal

Game is lots of fun...bought it on Psn. Will get it on steam as well for.

redluigi11
redluigi11

they still need to fix the kicked for game bug but fun game

DrKill09
DrKill09

I'll have to check it out.

SolidTy
SolidTy

I already own this game....hmmmm...

brynhyfryd
brynhyfryd

Fee To Pay model should be made illegal.

 

Its a con and a rip off. False advertising at its best.

EatShanna
EatShanna

Decent game but too many players with red and orange connections lagging around. 

MeNoSeeGood
MeNoSeeGood

I thought the game was pretty fun when I played it half a year ago, but like many others, I lost interest rather fast.  It seems like there were too many people using the same customized character layout

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Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

I tried playing a trial of it, and it never really interested me. They probably didn't get enough money and are using their last resort option...

blackace
blackace

I didn't get it. I heard it wasn't all that great anyways.

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

I assume that free-to-play for this game is one way to attract interest in it as it was done with other games.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

lol i saw this coming the game was a mess on my friend pc they better hope it does not die fast like monday night combat did on steam

Kerrizma
Kerrizma

It's been free to play on psn+ for awhile now

vader501st
vader501st

That's nice and all, but how about Condemned 3, Monolith?

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Being free to play doesn't stop the game from being crappy.....

yomonkey
yomonkey

Paid money for this game and it was unplayable on my PC... I had horrible slow downs, sound would cut out and the game would crash every so often. Hope they fix these issues... also they should give those who purchased the steam version $15 worth of "free-to-play" money or whatever they call it. 

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

Good things come to those who wait. 

 

And I was waiting the whole time...

billlabowski
billlabowski

I was waiting for this. Saw it last night for free and started playing. Between this and CS:GO I don't want to go back to work today.

ShiftyInc
ShiftyInc

I am more curious what they will do for people that already have bought the dlc before. cause it seems for now we have to pay again.

koospetoors
koospetoors

 @whttyger I have yet to try this free version out but hopefully the removal of GFWL took away those problems. Hopfully.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

 @brynhyfryd It depends on how they implement it, league of legends for example could be played entirely with no money going in, it'd just take a while.

Jaxith
Jaxith

 @brynhyfryd  I really don't see what you're getting at.  It's a con for... what reason, exactly?  I mean, just using what I've seen of Gotham City Imposters as an example, players can unlock any of the weapons, bonus, or general game affecting items that they want just from playing the game.  They can also unlock many of the cosmetic items without ever spending money on the game.  They have access to every single game mode without having to spend money on the game.

 

On the other hand, if someone makes a decision to purchase one of the weapons or items right away, or purchase one of the cosmetic items in the game, that's a rip off?  I mean, you can hand pick whatever loadout you want for free with just a few hours of play, and the preset classes hold you over until then... so speaking of a con, rip off, or false advertising, I have to ask: Which part?

 

HiroArka
HiroArka

 @brynhyfryd Fee To Pay .. I know what you meant to say, but it sounds really cool. It is like your saying " Paying a Fee to play a game is an outrage". Like I said though .. I am aware you meant to say Free To Play .. so don't get all mad at me or anything.

James_Maupin
James_Maupin

 @brynhyfryd Not really, it doesn't cost you anything to download and play the game, thus Free to Play. Buying guns or whatever has no impact on your ability to actually play the game.

yomonkey
yomonkey

 @Kerrizma that's cool. If I still have slow down issues with the steam version, I might give the PSN version a go

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

 @yomonkey Yeah if you spent 5 seconds researching before you went posting an entitled whinge, you'd have known about the Platinum DLC pack all previous owners of the game have been given free.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

 @ShiftyInc

I am glad I didn't get it, games that are built on multiplayer only and you have to pay to acquire it, you have to be careful these days if you buy it and if a company sees that it is not doing so well as pay up front platform but care enough to see if it will do well as play for free with the options to buy upgrades. You may be out of luck, Luckily for those who brought it on Steam WB is working something out for those who paid for it, for the copies that was brought prior to the new format may not work on Steam.

brynhyfryd
brynhyfryd

 @Jaxith The article clearly states that there is effectively $60 worth of add on content.

 

Why not sell the game at $20 a head? because the gullible minority will spend wads of cash on the game. I guarantee that there will be more content added in the future. This model is designed to extract $100 if not $1000 over time from the dedicated player.

brynhyfryd
brynhyfryd

 @HiroArka Not getting mad at you.lol

 

What annoys me with this FTP model is that its being adverised as free to play when it clearly is not simply due to the fact that there will come a point where you are forced to pay in order to continue playing.

 

Hence why I name it "Fee To Pay".lol

yomonkey
yomonkey

 @DarkSaber2k if i feel entitled to anything, its an update to make the game playable on my more than capable rig. Even then I don't care too much. I'm glad they're offering bonuses to those who purchased the game. I wasn't complaining that they weren't offering such a thing, simply hoping that they would not knowing one way or the other. Chill out a bit yo.

ShiftyInc
ShiftyInc

 @lonewolf1044

 I dont mind that the game is free to play now. that stuff happens when you have a multiplayer only game. But that you have to buy all DLC again is just madness. and i doubt they will get away with that.

Jaxith
Jaxith

 @brynhyfrydOf course it's designed to make more money over time.  That's just the nature of things.  But it doesn't change that there's really no need to spend any money on the game.  Dedicated players will pretty much get everything for free anyway, except for cosmetic items.

 

My whole point is, how can something be a scam when you can enjoy the full game without once touching your credit card?  Sure, you might not be able to dress like a pirate while doing it, but that's just extra anyway.  There is absolutely NO POINT where someone is forced to pay money to keep playing and enjoying the game.

 

oUNKNOWNo
oUNKNOWNo

 @brynhyfryd  @Jaxith

 I thought the game was already like this with the option to unlock as you play or just buy content with money? Except it was $15 to get the game first. So making it F2P and keeping everything the same is better isn't it? I might be wrong though, I don't have the game or anything, if I am incorrect I apologize for my lack of knowledge of this matter.

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

 @brynhyfryd  @HiroArka That depends on the model. In some games, this is true. In others, SOMEONE must pay for the item, but you could benefit from it if you use in-game currency. So, it's either "Free to Pay" or "Free For Someone to Pay".

 

That's if we're going along with the same play-on-words here.

yomonkey
yomonkey

 @DarkSaber2k Last thing, there's a difference between whining or being falsely entitled, and hoping the providers of a dysfunctional service one paid money for fix said service and bring it to the advertised standards. 

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

 @ShiftyInc

 I agree 100% and if WB thinks I am going to pay for options that I already paid for they are wrong. I use Steam as well and WS said they were going to do something for Steam users soon but as far as those outside of Steam I don't know.